Integration of young autistic adults through “structured employment”

The sale of Papé Papoul products will allow autistic workers to benefit from daily support and assistance in the workplace. Experience has shown that the failure of autistic workers to adapt is not due to a lack of professional skills, but a lack of social skills.
We believe that autistic adults who have benefitted from individualized educational support as children are more likely to be successful in the workplace. That is why we are collaborating with experimental educational services funded by the first government plan against autism. We provide a service that enables autistic children to continue
their journey through life as adults, by opening a door into the world of work.
When a position becomes vacant, the adaptation takes several forms. The first step is to evaluate, together with the autistic adult, what his/her skills and difficulties are. Then, they must be trained to fill the position as harmoniously as possible. To do so, the position must also be adapted. That is the role of the “mentor”: once the adult is hired,
the mentor visits them every day in the workplace, to make sure they adapt to their responsibilities.

A young autistic girl arranging a supermarket shelf. She is guided in her work by her coach.
The mentor also helps management and non handicapped workers to understand and work with the autistic worker. This adaptation period will also be used to train the other workers and teach them what to do in case behavioral problems occur. This model allows autistic persons, whose autonomy is not quite possible without daily assistance and support, to function in ordinary work environments.